WWAV Joins Advocates at The People’s Mobilization on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Counter Conference

WWAV is excited to part of this two-day event shedding a light on the intersectional needs of HIV/AIDS policy! The People's Mobilization on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Atlanta Counter Conference at the National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) Center for Civil and Human Rights 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW December 7-8, 2015 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Mirroring the need for intersectionality … [Read more...]

World AIDS Day 2014: Intersectionality, HIV Justice, and the Future of Our Movement

While the past year has seen remarkable advances in HIV from prevention to policy, the challenges with HIV remain burdened and entrenched among the most vulnerable communities across the United States. Here at Women With a Vision we see this first hand in Louisiana and across the Deep South. As we’ve written about, the South is at the heart of the current HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, … [Read more...]

HIV/AIDS: Louisiana Fuels an Epidemic

For much of mainstream America, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is sometimes seen from a distance, a story for the history books or the developing world. But for marginalized communities across the country, particularly in the U.S. South, the HIV/AIDS crisis continues unabated. The South is at the heart of the current HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, with more people living with HIV and dying of … [Read more...]

WWAV is a Featured Case Study for Good Practices in Sex Worker-Led HIV Programming

Women With a Vision is honored to be one of the featured organizations in the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)’s new report entitled, “Good Practice in Sex Worker-Led HIV Programming.” NSWP is a leading organization in the sex worker rights’ movement, working to uphold the voices of sex workers globally and to connect regional networks advocating for the rights of female, male, and … [Read more...]

Join WWAV at the New Orleans Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Red Umbrella March!

Come march with Women With a Vision staff this Saturday, February 8th at the 5th New Orleans Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Congo Square in Armstrong Park. Starting at noon, WWAV will join groups and residents from around the city in a Red Umbrella march and second line through the Treme neighborhood, and through areas of the 5th, 6th and 7th wards to raise awareness about the disproportionate … [Read more...]

Dirty Needles Spike AIDS Epidemic in New Orleans

"Syringe exchange programs are not legal in the state of Louisiana. So for 22 years, [Women With A Vision has] operated underground. And I say "underground" only because I can't just pull up in a car or a van and just set up and have people line up so they can get what they need." -Deon Haywood, Executive Director, Women With A Vision, Inc. "If the city don't care, somebody has to. And that … [Read more...]

Louisiana Fuels HIV Epidemic: Criminal Laws, Police Practices Put Sex Workers, Drug Users at Risk – Human Rights Watch Report

Reprinted With Permission by Human Rights Watch's Megan McLemore (New York, December 11, 2013) – Louisiana state laws and practices that prohibit access to sterile syringes and criminalize sex work contribute to an uncontrolled HIV epidemic and an extremely high AIDS death rate, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The AIDS death rate in Louisiana is more than double the US … [Read more...]

Deon Haywood on MHP: Race, Gender and the Harm of the Criminal Justice System

On Sunday, September 29, 2013, WWAV’s Executive Director, Deon Haywood, joined Ari Melber, co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle;” Seema Iyer, Legal Contributor at Arise News; and Faith Gay, Attorney for Marissa Alexander, on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. This panel was brought together around two important issues affecting women’s incarceration: first, the announcement of a New York initiative to … [Read more...]

August 27th and 29th – Join Us for a PrEP Focus Group!

Since our founding, Women With A Vision has been working to make sure that the latest HIV prevention information is in the hands of our community members who need it most.  That's why we're partnering with AIDS UNITED to conduct two PrEP Focus Groups to hear from women in New Orleans about the potential use of PrEP as an HIV prevention tool.   … [Read more...]